Farmington farmers market returns June 13
Some gardeners keep journals every year, so they can try something new, see if it works, make a few notes, and make any necessary adjustments the following year.
It turns out, running a farmers market is kind of the same process. Whatever it is, Cindy Muller seems to have Farmington's farmers market down to a science.
With two weeks to go until opening night for 2013, Muller is pretty well set with her plans for the upcoming markets. The new season starts at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, on Third Street between Oak and Spruce streets -- right out in front of Farmington City Hall.
If the time looks earlier than in the past, it is. That's one of the adjustments Muller made this year.
"I moved it up a little. We opened at 3 last year, but people were coming after 2:30, so I thought, I'm going to adjust my time to when the people want to come," she said.
The markets will be open from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- the closing time is a little earlier, too, because most folks didn't come after 6:30 or so -- every Thursday through Sept. 26.
Many of the longtime favorite vendors are coming back again this year. Farmers market shoppers will be able to get fresh eggs, organic meats, homemade salsas, specialty breads and pastries, homemade soaps and even condiments like mustard, horseradish and barbecue sauce.
Muller has rounded up 21 vendors, making for the most vendors in the market's history. There are six new vendors this year. A couple offer fresh produce. Another carries elk meat. The stand for the Glewwe Castle Brewery will sell homemade sodas. And one vendor boasts an inventory of up to 36 varieties of jams and jellies.
"There are a couple of vendors who will be there off and on, but there's still a good variety," Muller said.
As in the past, there will be some special activities or themes that go along with each week's market. The opening night will feature music by local musician Louis Rutten, and Muller will hand out free market bags at the city of Farmington's booth. On June 20, Rambling River Center will be featured, with organ music, line dancing and a model train exhibit.
Another new feature this year will be a booth hosted by the Dakota County Master Gardeners program. The master gardeners will staff a booth on June 13, July 11 and Sept. 19. They'll be there to answer gardening questions.
All of the vendors, activities and specials are listed on the city's website, www.ci.farmington.mn.us. In addition, several businesses around town are distributing fliers to help promote the market.